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making news in america this morning -- >> osama bin laden's next target, the u.s. transit system. new details from his computers. a plot on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. relief at the pump. new signs point to falling gas prices as soon as the next few days. and the mob robbery. teens flooding a store, making off with hundreds in stolen goods, even beer. now, the search for them is on. good morning. there are new details this morning about the mission to take down osama bin laden. >> reports say the cia set up a safe house for a small team of spies not far from the terror leader's hiding place.
those spies gathered intelligence on bin laden and the other residents for months before the raid. and one of bin laden's wives has revealed to pakistani intelligence that the family has actually been living in that compound for five years. >> pretty unbelievable. after visiting with 9/11 families yesterday, president obama heads to kentucky, to meet with the navy s.e.a.l.s that carried out that mission against bin laden. mr. obama will thank the s.e.a.l.s and congratulate them on a job well done. >> that's an understatement, job well done. wow. we turn to the big headline of the day. material taken by the s.e.a.l.s reveal another plot against the u.s. emily schmidt is joining us, now, from washington with more. chilling news, emily. good morning. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. osama bin laden's death meant removing an al qaeda leader. but also looking into what he may have had planned. because of that, officials issue a new warning that targeted the u.s. four months from now.
in a week when so much has been said about osama bin laden's death, president obama was silent when placing a wreath at ground zero. he had saved his words for first responders and family members of 9/11 victims. >> when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say. >> reporter: patricia riley told the president, her sister, killed on 9/11, deserves that justice. >> i was so grateful, that the last thing that osama bin laden saw was an american soldier who came to get him for what he had done. >> reporter: today, president obama personally thanks the navy s.e.a.l.s and others on the mission that killed bin laden, when he travels here to ft. campbell, kentucky. the s.e.a.l.s remain anonymous. the community is proud of their success. >> everyone has wanted to see the outcome for a long time. >> reporter: information from bin laden's compound has already led to a new homeland security bulletin obtained by abc news. it warns that as of last year, al qaeda considered targeting u.s. trains on the upcoming 10th anniversary of september
11th. >> if they can get to one location that's not well-guarded and put explosives on it or do something to cause the train to derail, that's a lot easier than going after an aircraft. >> reporter: officials say this railway plan still seemed to be in its early stages. but it is a sign that bin laden was still involved in planning things to kill even more americans. rob and peggy? >> all right. emily schmidt in washington. thank you for that sobering report. >> absolutely. and the other big story this morning, those potentially record-shattering floodwaters spilling on the banks of the mississippi river. >> flood warnings are in effect from indiana and illinois, all the way down to louisiana. tens of thousands of folks are expected to evacuate, bracing from a disaster that could rival the great floods of the 1920s and '30s. here's steve osunsami. >> reporter: all along the mississippi river, they're running away from the water. >> it's a hard situation to deal with.
sometimes you just got to buck up and do it. that's where we're at right now. >> reporter: when the mighty mississippi finally crests next week at 48 feet, they're expecting a record flood here. and the water could sit for weeks. tommy crum has no flood insurance, has lived here since 1969, and he was moving everything out, preparing to lose his home. >> all of the furniture. two bedroom suit. tv. >> it's all coming out? >> it's all coming. all has to come out. going to get wet. can't afford to buy it back. >> reporter: from the air, a sewage plant in memphis, surrounded by water. for now, it's still working. the brisbane airport is under water. so are hundreds of homes and businesses. the rivers have flooded their banks so much, the loosahatchie river and the mississippi are now one. gary wright's house was caught between. is this a loss? >> i would think it would be, completely. i wouldn't think that old house would be worth fixing. but i don't know. >> reporter: the utility companies are already out,
moving their equipment higher up the poles to keep it all dry. e high. it's going to be high. we can't predict how high. just in case, we want to make sure to provide service. hopefully, when the water recedes and folks come back in. >> reporter: at the police academy, the home of search and rescue team, they had to move by boat. tommy crum told us it's all too depressing. breaks your heart. >> well, there's better days coming. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, memphis. >> very tough. well, while the worst of that flooding disaster is still to come, millions of people across the south are still reeling from last week's deadly outbreak of tornados. they're still searching for the missing in seven states. the official death toll stands at 329. 42,000 people have registered with fema for federal aid. switching gears to political news this morning. the republican presidential challenge got off to a pretty slow start last night.
five less-well-known candidates took part in the first debate of the 2012 campaign in the early voting state of south carolina. they credited president obama for cornering osama bin laden. but predicted that a weak economy will cost him a second term. and at the white house, president and mrs. obama celebrated cinco de mayo with high-profile hispanic-americans last night. the president revealed that the first lady's favorite food is, indeed, mexican. he warned the party, quote, he did not want to get between michelle and the tamale. look out. i think that goes for a lot of people. tamales are pretty good. let's look at this morning's weather from around the country. a light sprinkle in the flooded mississippi valley. showers and thunderstorms from cleveland and pittsburgh, down to the carolinas. and florida. scattered showers, meanwhile, in northern new england. light rain across iowa, nebraska and minnesota. rain and mountain snow from seattle to great falls, montana. >> and we are looking at 67 degrees in billings. 83 in albuquerque. a scorching 99 in phoenix.
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prices may have hit their peak and could, now, start heading down. the reason? crude oil tumbled yesterday, below $100 a barrel, the lowest price in nearly two months. gasoline futures, which help determine pump prices, also fell 23 cents. >> i'm hopeful in average places prices will drop as much as 20 cents here in the next 7 to 10 days. >> all of this doesn't mean that we will see $2 gas again. instead, $3.50 per gallon could soon become the norm. well, those high gas prices could slow job growth this year. we'll get a new u.s. jobs report later this morning. it's expected to show that the unemployment rate remains unchanged. the uncertainty about jobs is rattling the overseas markets. tokyo's nikkei average lost about 1.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is down a little, as well. in london, the ftse opened slightly lower. on wall street, the dow fell yesterday on a drop in
commodities and a jump in unemployment. the nasdaq index was also down. walmart, the world's largest retailer, is again number one on the just-released fortune 500 list. but following the retail giant, in revenue, not surprisingly, are three oil companies, exxon mobil, chevron and conoco phillips. exxon was the most profitable company on the fortune list. just in time for the prime home buying season, mortgage rates are at their lowest level on the year. the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan is 4.71%. that's the same as back in january. it's not as low as it was in november, which was the all-time low record. usda says that americans spend half of their food budget in restaurants. among the factors, how much parents worked, their schedules. also, this surprised some of the researchers, how much dad eats out. fathers should be encouraged to eat healthier and also maybe eat at home. here's proof, now, that elvis really has left the building. for the first time in more than half a century, elvis not among the 1,000 most popular baby names.
jacob, actually, is the most popular boys name. isabella is for the girls. your little one's name. >> that's my little lady. i never considered elvis, though. maybe throwing that around for our little guy. >> and enjoying your first mother's day, as well. >> a happy mother's day to everybody on sunday. >> very cool.ng up next, th coming up next, this friday morning, the alarming video as a group of teens storms a minimart, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of food. and new details on the air france crash nearly two years ago. divers, believe it or not, have found a body.
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and taking a look at this morning's road conditions. expect wet conditions on parts of i-95, from miami to washington. wet highways across the ohio valley. flooding keeps parts of i-40 closed from little rock to memphis. wet on i-5 around seattle. and snow will make for a slick ride on parts of i-15, in the northern rockies. >> and if you're flying today, you can expect airport delays in both seattle and miami. time to look at the latest details in the aftermath of osama bin laden's death. documents taken from his compound indicate that al qaeda was considering an attack on railroads here in the u.s. >> we've learned, also, the cia had been watching that compound for months. all that from a safe house nearby. and now, pakistan wants the number of u.s. military personnel in their country reduced to the, quote, minimum essential. when the navy s.e.a.l.s descended on bin laden's compound, they actually took a four-legged warrior along with them. >> a highly-trained dog armed with high-tech gear. you won't believe this. cynthia mcfadden has more. >> reporter: take a look at these incredible pictures.
this is our favorite. a parajumping pup. an unlikely member of the united states special forces. some jump out of military aircraft, choppers, into war zones, side-by-side along their human comrades. trained alongside them to be the best of the best. the dogs are equipped from nose-to-tail with top military gear, such as water-proof body armor, resistant to bullets, shrapnel and knife attacks. head-mounted infrared, live cameras. and ear bugs. their jaws pack 400 to 700 pounds of pressure. the military uses a variety of breeds. the most common are the german shepherd and the belgian malinois. >> about 3,000 dogs are deployed with our fighting men and women. authorities investigating the wreckage of an air france plane has retrieved a body of one of the victims. the body was found still strapped in his seat. 228 people were killed when that
plane crashed into the atlantic 2 years ago. the wreckage was located last month, 2,800 feet under water. police in las vegas are now looking for a group of teenagers behind a bizarre crime all caught on camera. watch as a mob of unarmed young people descend on a convenient store, grabbing everything from beer to snacks. soon after, they walk out without paying. the lone clerk could only stand by and just watch. >> i'm outraged. i mean, it could have been so -- it could have been deadly. i don't want to see it happen again. i want to see these kids brought to justice. >> the teens pulled off the heist in about three minutes, making off with about 600 bucks in store items. well, this morning, we note the passing of a broadway and hollywood giant. arthur laurents wrote some of the most endearing classics of stage and screen, including "the way we were," which starred barbra streisand and robert
redford. he collaborated with likes of albert hitchcock and leonard bernstein. the hottest royal couple in the world is now heading for the golden state. prince william and his new bride are planning a three-day trip to california beginning july 8th. their official schedule, though, has not been made public just yet. and believe this or not, it will be kate's first trip here to the u.s. >> that's amazing. that is surprising. well, in sports, university of alabama baseball players, some of whom barely escaped last week's tornadoes, returned to the field tonight for the first time since the devastation. and as for last night's sports highlights, we go to espn news. >> good morning. i'm don bell with your espn news update. we start on the ice. daniel sedin and the canucks looking to take a 3-1 series lead before heading back to vancouver. second period. game tied at 1-1. christian ehrhoff feeds it up top for alexander edler. second of the playoffs for him. canucks lead 2-1. later in the second, preds on
the powerplay. aaron roam gets the slash on the stick of marty erat. predators go on five-on-three powerplay. five seconds left on the advantage. you look at what happened there. roberto luongo making the play. third period. preds down 2-1. legwand finds cody franson. luongo can't find the puck. and take a look at this. shot fired past luongo. you can see it on the camera at that point. franson's first of the playoffs. later in the third, canucks on the powerplay, tied at 2-2. sedin feeds ryan kesler. look at the moves right there. finds the back of the net. canucks lead the series 3-1 games. to the diamond we go. roy halladay starting for the phills, as they take on the nationals. halladay was dominant. just ask jayson werth or lance
nix, jerry hairston, espinoza. halladay, seven innings pitched. he struck out ten. bottom of the fifth now, raul ibanez. big blast to right center field. upper deck it goes. phillies go on to win 7-3. they complete the sweep of the nationals. i'm don bell. and that is your espn news update. >> all right. coming up next after the break, mel gibson returns to the silver screen today. how will moviegoers respond? >> that will be an interesting one. also, the daredevil stunt set to take place over one of our national treasures today. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief
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and now, a look ahead at the stories we'll be watching this friday, as flood warnings are in effect from illinois to louisiana, as the waters of the mississippi river continue to rise to historic levels. tens of thousands are expected to evacuate. and the army corps of engineers blew a third hole in the mississippi levee to release pressure. president obama heads to kentucky today to personally thank the team that helped take down osama bin laden. that includes the helicopter pilots that dropped the navy s.e.a.l.s into bin laden's compound. and there are worries that today's unemployment report could be worse than expected. high gas prices also could be causing some employers to reconsider whether or not to add new workers. and it is military spouse appreciation day. first lady michelle obama spends
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coming up next at 4:30, cinco de mayo celebration turns rowdy with broken windows. fights and a business police presence. officers are gearing up for more street parties this weekend. the president heads to kentucky to honor the navy seals that tracked down osama bin laden. >> clouds along the coast. that means a cooling is going to move inland. we'll show you how much temperatures will drop. >> sue hall well, understandably, the killing of osama bin laden has been the number one news story this week. >> and it was also the number
one topic for the late-night comedians, as well. take a look. >> the white house has decided not to release a photo of osama bin laden's corpse. i think i came up with a good compromise. this is a photo of a watermelon with a beard. [ laughter ] hopefully, this will give you an idea of what the real photo might look like, without getting anyone upset. >> here we go. top ten things overheard the moment he was taken. number nine, are we shooting this in the studio where we faked the moon landing? >> so what if he is a figurehead. so is the british monarchy and we love them. we love killing him for the pageantry. i cannot wait to see the photos of what he was wearing. >> why are we calling osama by his first name anyway? it's not like he's regis.
let's leave the first-name basis for our national treasures like oprah and snooki. >> he was living half a mile from pakistan's version of west point. the pakistani military could have caught bin laden with a rod and reel. or a giant acme magnet. you were neighbors. could it be anymore obvious? look at the man's mailbox. if waldo hid the way osama bin laden did, i wouldn't find those books so incredibly frustrating. look. that's him right there. he's in the giant, high-walled compound. he's right there. >> they say -- >> leave it to jon stewart to put it in perspective. >> they say what everyone else is thinking. >> hiding in plain sight. that is what is making news in america this morning. >> stay with us f